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Not Influenza, but a stress test on your preps!

by: Bronco Bill

Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 21:46:29 PM EDT

The following is the Declaration of Emergency Preparedness for the Commonwealth of Virginia, dated October 26, 2012. This has nothing to do with influenza, but will most certainly play out as a major stress test for those of who live along the Continental US's Eastern Seaboard. I'm not sure about what other states such as the Carolinas, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and states in New England have announced, but this declaration is one of the most serious emergency announcements put out by the Virginia government in many, many years.

If you are impacted by this "Frankenstorm" and have had to use your preps, let us all know what adjustments you may have had to make, whether you had to bug out, or if you were able to shelter in place with little to no disruption.

Above all, BE SAFE!!

Bronco Bill :: Not Influenza, but a stress test on your preps!
- Long Duration Storm Has Potential to Produce Extensive Power Outages; Significant Flooding -

Impact in Commonwealth to Begin Saturday Night, Possibly Continue Through Wednesday; Storm Will be Followed by Colder Temperatures

RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency in Virginia in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, which is anticipated to affect the Commonwealth over the weekend and early next week. There is some uncertainty with the storm's final track, but all forecasts call for significant impacts to Virginia. Sandy will be transitioning to an extratropical storm as it reaches Virginia, leading to a broader wind field with a wider reach across the Commonwealth. In addition, current models predict a slower storm and therefore a longer duration event than usual.

Based on current forecasts, the eastern third of Virginia could experience tropical storm force winds for more than 48 hours, several inches of rain and coastal flooding. Even inland areas of Virginia could see strong winds and significant rainfall. There is a strong possibility of extensive power outages. Residents in the western and southwestern parts of the state could see some snowfall, and all areas of the Commonwealth will experience colder temperatures in the wake of Sandy, which, when coupled with anticipated power outages, could produce additional challenges for Virginians.

Speaking about the State of Emergency, Governor McDonnell noted, "We are issuing this state of emergency today as a precautionary measure in order to ensure that we are ready for any potential effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Commonwealth. Weather forecasters are predicting significant weather impacts across much of Virginia, and a long duration event. Due to the track of this storm, and the fact that it will be a hurricane transitioning into a more nor'easter like system, we could see severe weather lasting for 48 hours or more in the state. In that scenario, saturated soil coupled with high winds could lead to major tree damage and extensive power outages. Now is the time for all Virginians to prepare for those possible power outages and disruptions to public services. In addition, forecasters predict falling temperatures during and behind this system, and in areas that suffer power outages this will lead to new challenges in the days after the storm departs. Virginians should make sure their family members, friends and neighbors are prepared for this storm. I encourage all Virginians to gather batteries, blankets, water, canned goods, and other necessities prior to the anticipated onset of storm conditions late Saturday and early Sunday."

Eastern Virginia residents who live in low-lying areas should be ready to evacuate ahead of the storm. Citizens should listen to local TV and radio stations for instructions, such as an evacuation order for specific areas, details about evacuation routes and locations of evacuation shelters. If an evacuation is ordered for your area, take your emergency supplies with you, including all medications. For a list of suggested emergency supplies you should collect for your family, visit: http://www.vaemergency.gov/rea...

At this time, the Commonwealth does not plan to reverse lanes on Interstate 64, however a final decision on this matter will be reached this evening. Residents should review the evacuation routes for their area to determine the best route for their families. In the event that a mandatory evacuation is necessary in specific areas, citizens will be provided further instructions through local and state authorities.

A state of emergency is declared under state law so that state resources can be made available. The governor's emergency declaration ensures a fully coordinated state response to support local initial recovery efforts. A declaration also decreases time needed to get personnel, equipment and supplies on scene.

State agencies are preparing for Sandy in the following ways:

The Commonwealth has activated the Virginia Emergency Response Team.
The Virginia Emergency Operations Center is coordinating the state's response with increased staffing available 24 hours a day.
Virginia State Police personnel have been placed on stand-by and will be pre-positioned to the areas where they will be needed based on the final projected path of the hurricane. The Virginia State Police Swift Water Rescue Team is standing by in strategic locations.
Chainsaw crews from the Virginia Department of Forestry are standing by with emergency response personnel and to help with debris removal.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews are ready to clear roads and ensure roads are safe for travel.
The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring personnel on state active duty and begin prepositioning resources.
The Virginia Department of Health is coordinating with hospitals and long-term care facilities to ensure that they are prepared for storm impacts.
Emergency preparedness is everyone's responsibility. For information about preparing for Hurricane Sandy and for regular updates, visit http://www.vaemergency.gov/. For general information about the storm, dial 211.


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Not sure about dialing 211...
...outside of Virginia. Check with your state's emergency preparedness organizations.

Hi BB!
How is it up your way tonight? I've got my fingers crossed that you don't see any damage from the storm. I'm sure you remembered to stow away in a safe place my "pink feather boa" that you borrowed ages ago and are still holding on to. LOL Check in so we know you are alright. Be safe, we kind of like having you around.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown


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We're still here...
It's been eerily quiet all night, with just a bit of breeze and some light showers.  We're waiting 'til tonight when the fun really begins...

Don't worry about that feather boa....It's out in plain site, hanging from a pole in the back yard--one of the best wind direction indicators I've ever had! LOL!!

[ Parent ]
That's going to be one extremely wet, battered mass of feathers by the time it's over. The OIE may mistake it for a dead chicken and swoop in with test equipment! Keep us updated, please.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown


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New York Governor declared a state of emergency
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency today as "Frankenstorm" Hurricane Sandy makes its way toward the east coast.


Governor Andrew Cuomo:

"As we prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York State, I am activating all levels of state government to prepare for any potential impacts ... We are working with federal and local partners to follow storm developments and organize a coordinated response plan. With unpredictable weather conditions, we are taking the greatest precautions - especially after our experience from last year's storms. I urge New Yorkers to plan for hurricane conditions and follow news reports to stay updated on the storm's progress."

The NY Daily News reports that city officials may decide to evacuate New York over the weekend.

full article

(Thanks for setting this up BB.-cottontop)

United we stand: Divided we fall

Hi cottontop!
I think you should evacuate too. It would be a good excuse to come south to spend a few days with me and check out some of my good southern food. I'll cook, you eat and we will try to out talk each other! LOL

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown


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It's going to be a wild ride that's for sure!
The wind is up and schools are posting their early closing times. My DD school has not been listed as of yet but I expect it will be soon. People around here are taking precautions like I've never seen. I'm pleased to see that. The wind is expected to be out of the East (added with high wind gusts) is not our usual wind direction and that is expected to bring power outages. The wind is expected to hit around noon so schools are letting out before this time.

I might take Miss Carol up on her invite to evacuate and stay with her. I need a vacation. :-)

United we stand: Divided we fall

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All you peeps in the northeast
Be safe.  This is going to be a long one!

Meteorologist in Florida!?!  Now we're talkin'!!!

Tempest, it's good to hear from you! n/t

United we stand: Divided we fall

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Hey, Carol@SC
Are you holding up OK?

Hi AlohaOR
Thanks for asking. I'm 200 miles from the coast so the only thing we got was a brief rain shower this afternoon. The mountains just north of us are under a high wind watch for tonight and some of the mountain areas across the border in North Carolina are expecting snow. I'm worried about the folks on the NC coast and all the states above.  

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown


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A heads up
There is a progression as far as how people behave after a severe event such as has just occurred with Hurricane Sandy.

The first reaction is to feel fortunate and grateful to have survived.

Next is a determination to clean up and rebuild.

Then, as the days wear on and people continue to not have electricity, clean drinking water, hot food...etc, they begin to become weary and fatigued.  Time goes by and things appear to not be improving very fast.  It is inevitable that in wide spread events such as this, things will not improve very fast for the majority of folks.  The problem(s) is too large.  It is at this point that people begin to become impatient and angry.  In our culture we have become accustomed to problems being fixed quickly.  Some problems are just to big to be fixed quickly.  I'm afraid that this event will be one of them.

So...if you are in the middle of this or have family members or friends in the middle of it, try to prepare them for the mental and emotional fatigue which will set in over the next few days and the reaction most folks will have as normalcy is very slow in returning.

The loss of electricity will be the greatest physical obstacle to overcome.  I can only imagine what it might be like to be in a multistory apartment building living on the 11th or 12th floor (or higher) with no elevator, for days and days.  What is the backup pumping capacity of these cities for water/waste water systems?  Refrigeration of the food supply and distribution if needed?  Baby formula and diapers?   The list just goes on...  

Preparation goes beyond the physical things needed to survive an event.  Prepare also for the long hard slog back to normalcy.

From my experience, people expect the difficulty of clean up and getting by without the normal comforts of the modern world.  What they do not expect is the unreasoning anger of some who become impatient due to fatigue and stress.  Here's a heads up on  what is coming in a few days.  Be prepared.  

Taking mental notes
Great post Okieman! I had read a while back, that after the 3rd day without electricity, things start to unravel. I don't know if it is that your food is spoiled by then or the toilets' overflowing or general disorientation.
It was the case with the last hurricane on Kauai.

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Ripples Will Expand
Hello DrJ.  Yep, the electricity is the biggest issue.  Society is so dependent upon it.

I expect that some of the problems we are seeing now to begin rippling outward.  Gasoline, food/water and medical care/medicine issues will expand outward and begin effecting neighboring communities.  This occurred to some extent following Hurricane Katrina and Rita (Hurricane Rita made landfall a few weeks after Katrina, impacting Louisiana and Texas.  I was involved in some of the recovery related to drinking water in both states.)  This event is worse in one way in that it is effecting such a large population, and over a larger geographic area.  The neighboring communities will probably begin to fill the strain of thousands of additional people present and needing various services.  This type of ripple effect occurred after Katrina and Rita.  Winter weather will be one thing different from those two storms though.

This event has a very large and nuanced set of problems.  Good luck to all who are living through it, and those trying to provide relief.

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Other issues with lack of electricity
(Heard in various news reports today)

Food benefit cards (like debit cards) weren't accepted because the stores had no power for the card readers, and elderly/disabled residents are unable to leave their apartments on upper floors of high-rise buildings because the elevators weren't working.  The story also pointed out that power was needed in high-rises to pump water to the upper floors, so these residents were without power or running water.

There was a story on NPR about some Meals on Wheels volunteers carrying a box of food & water to an elderly resident on the 25th(!) floor of a public housing project.

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Did We Not Learn From The Past
No matter who is in charge the Democrats or Republicans, if it is the deep south of New Orleans or New York people must have water, food and basic supplies for shelter provided by themselves.

The government cannot provide for millions even in a small area that is the path of Sandy.  If we were to have a true pandemic, EMP from the sun, or any other "national event" the government will and cannot provide for the nation.

When will people learn?   Did people really believe it was Bush's fault that New Orleans did not have food, water and shelter immediately?  Not any more than it is Obama's fault that there is no water, food and shelter for the people of Staten Island and other areas.

How do we of the "Prepper World" convince people that they will need to take care of themselves in any event that happens!?!


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